Coaches learn new skills by sharing advice, information, and experiences with each other. Learn how you can be a mentor and take both your own and someone else’s coaching to the next level.
Being a mentor is no easy job. You probably remember the facilitator who coached you during your initial coach development learning module. They were there to help you, to provide feedback and to give you opportunities to learn, practice and improve as a coach. A mentor does a similar thing – help someone else develop and strengthen their coaching skills, be a sounding board for problems, help identify areas that can be improved or just being a source of motivation.
There are many examples in a range of sports that suggest a more comprehensive apprenticeship is beneficial to either a longer term coaching career, or gaining and sustaining results, or indeed both. If you are working with another coach and learning and growing together, here are some tips to help you help each other and your athletes:
To learn more about the role of the New Zealand Squash CoachForce and how they can assist click here
To read Sport New Zealand’s guidelines on mentoring click here